Working From Home: The End Of Productivity Or The Future Of Work?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has instituted a new plan instructing employees who work remotely to relocate to corporate offices. Those who don't want to comply will have to quit.
According to a leaked memo the reason for the change is to improve communications and operations: To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.
Some reports suggest many of the people working remotely "weren't productive" and were effectively hiding. Flexibility in working conditions has become a basic requirement at high tech companies. Many manage to communicate and collaborate effectively without having everyone on the same premises all the time.
Does this mean working from home is now a bad idea? I hope not.